Amazon Kindle Fire Under Fire for Patent Infringement

by: Alvin YbañezOctober 12, 2011

Amazon’s recently announced Android-based tablet named the Amazon Kindle Fire has not only attracted the attention of preordering customers but also of patent companies.

Within just two weeks after Amazon debuted its 200-dollar Android tablet, SmartPhone Technologies LLC has already found the device allegedly infringing five patents that it owns.

The lawsuit was filed in the Texas Eastern District Court last Friday.

SmartPhone Technologies is a company owned by Acacia Research, which has been in the business of buying and licensing patents and has been contemptuously labeled as a patent troll by many in the industry. Amazon is not the only company that SmartPhone Technologies has accused of patent trespassing but also Apple and Research in Motion.

According to a report on, one of the patents allegedly being infringed by the Amazon Kindle Fire is U.S. Patent No. 6,956,562–which covers tapping a screen icon to execute functions or commands on a handheld device.

Two other patents allegedly being infringed upon by the Amazon device involve those for storing calendar entries on a personal digital assistant and Wi-Fi connectivity.

It looks like the Amazon Kindle Fire is undergoing the test of fire long before it hits the market on November 15. Patent suits aside, have you put the Amazon Kindle Fire through your own fire test?

  • Abc

    “tapping an icon to execute functions”… what idiot granted a patent for THAT????

    • tdl

      I think the correct word is “tool”, idiot is too gentle.

  • Mike Alden

    What is the best VOIP app for the Kindle Fire? Will work on it?

    • Anonymous

      kindle fire doesn’t have a camera, neither a microphone… so stop spamming!

      • Guest

        does it have Bluetooth because then it could have VoIP connectivity :)

  • Dave

    I’m thinking of applying for patents on walking on two feet, talking and what else?! yah… eating, drinking and breathing. I’ll sue you all because all of you are infringing on my patents since birth. Seriously it’s getting ridiculous with the US patent system.

  • Joe Germain

    They patented WIFI CONNECTIVITY???